Sir Jacob Epstein
Mrs Godfrey Phillips 1928

Artwork details

Sir Jacob Epstein 1880–1959
Mrs Godfrey Phillips
Date 1928
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 457 x 432 x 248 mm, 21.7 kg
Acquisition Presented by A.E. Anderson through the Art Fund 1928
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Not inscribed.
Bronze, 18×17×9 3/4 (46×43×23).
Presented by A. E. Anderson through the National Art-Collections Fund 1928.
Coll: Purchased by A. E. Anderson from Godfrey Phillips 1928.
Exh: Godfrey Phillips Gallery, October–November 1928 (77).
Lit: Haskell, 1931, p.187, as ‘A Portrait’, repr. facing p.108; Buckle, 1963, pp.163, 426, plaster repr. pl.248.
Repr: Black, 1942, pl.29; John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery, 1958, pl.14.

Mrs Godfrey Phillips (née Dorothy Jacobs) collaborated with her husband in running a Gallery in St James's which had the reputation of being more a salon than a mart; this bust of her was first exhibited in Epstein's one-man show there in October–November 1928. She posed for Epstein four days a week for about six weeks in 1928. About six casts were made. The sitter had one; another is in America; and a third from the collection of the late Mrs G. A. Clarke was sold at Christie's, 22 June 1962 (95). The plaster illustrated in Buckle (loc. cit.) shows the sitter without the high standing collar to her dress which appears in the Tate Gallery version.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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